Enjoying the company of lions on an African road trip

This African highway was never ending, and we had no chance of finding a place to sleep. The sun was setting and long, cool shadows were mingling with the last intense rays of a crimson golden hour. We had been driving down this gravel road all afternoon, and we were exhausted. The closest hotel was … More Enjoying the company of lions on an African road trip

Climbing Europe’s highest sand dunes at Dune du Pilat

As we approached the Dune du Pilat on France’s Atlantic coast, we were amazed by its size. These sand dunes, sitting just beside the ocean, are the largest in Europe. I didn’t even know Europe had sand dunes. But it came closer, so tall we could see it above the treeline, even though we were … More Climbing Europe’s highest sand dunes at Dune du Pilat

Camping in Vik – Iceland’s landscapes at their most striking

Vík í Mýrdal, in the south of Iceland, is a small, pretty village that belongs in a picture frame on a fireplace. But looking beyond the spired church and small houses, nature is on display in all its elemental, brutal, striking glory. Cliffs eroded by the ocean form natural arches, basalt column formations cluster and … More Camping in Vik – Iceland’s landscapes at their most striking

Why I love Iceland

Wow. What a trip. We spent eleven tiring and exhilarating days up about as close to the Arctic Circle as I dare go – Iceland – a destination chosen simply because it seemed utterly different to anything we’d ever seen before. A country the size of South Korea, but with a scant 300,000 inhabitants (compared to Korea’s 50 million).